The text "We Shall Not Be Removed"

We Shall Not Be Removed

Formed in May 2020, #WeShallNotBeRemoved is a UK disability arts alliance formed as an emergency response to the pandemic. It has already delivered two national awareness raising campaigns.

The first campaign was an open letter to The Secretary of State of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, together with all devolved UK culture ministers, demanding safeguards to protect the future of disability arts in the UK as a consequence of COVID-19. Over 150 disabled artists and cultural leaders signed the letter. The letter is currently hosted at Graeae Theatre’s website, where it is also available in BSL Interpretation, Easy Read and as an Audio Flyer.

The second campaign is a social media action day on Wednesday 17 June when disabled artists from across the UK celebrated the depth and diversity of inclusive & disability art on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, using the hashtags #WeShallNotBeRemoved and #EndAbleism.

The campaign is designed to raise awareness of the magnified inequalities for disabled people working in the creative industries caused by the pandemic, as many disabled artists face long term shielding, loss of income and invisibility in wider society. VocalEyes will be joining this today, in support of our friends and colleagues in the Disability Arts movement, and with solidarity for our joint cause to remove  barriers for disabled people to participation in the arts, heritage and creativity.

Media Coverage

Recovery: The Cultural Sector Must Be Fully Inclusive
Arts Professional

The Other Side: Resetting the Dial on Inclusion
Arts Professional

#WeShallNotBeRemoved: New National Disability Arts Initiative Launched
a-n News

UK Disability Arts Alliance ‘We Shall Not Be Removed’ responds to the current crisis
Disability Arts Online

Disability Arts: A Power of Disabled People
Disability Issue

Round-up: Failing justice system, arts leaders speak out, and Scotland’s shielding caution
Disability News Service

We Shall Not Be Removed: An Open Letter to UK Cultural Ministers
Drake Music

View on the danger for the arts; action is needed now
The Guardian